Double Olympic gold medallist Kelly Holmes tips Laura Muir for future major medal success
After having watched the 23-year-old break her British 1500m record last year, Dame Kelly Holmes believes that this year’s IAAF World Championships in London will give Laura Muir the opportunity to “cement her place in history”.
Muir improved the 1500m record not once, but twice, in 2016 and went on to break the British indoor 5000m record before smashing the European indoor 3000m record and the European 1000m indoor best last month. Now the Scot aims for further success in Belgrade this weekend as she contents both the 1500m and 3000m at the European Indoor Championships.
“Laura first came to my attention when she was fifth at the World Championships in Beijing in 2015,” Holmes told scottishathletics.org.uk.
“She is an unassuming girl in some respects but you can see she is very strong runner.
“Laura has shown immense talent on the track becoming the fastest 1500m runner in the world last year.”
Holmes, who completed a golden Olympic double over 800m and 1500m in Athens in 2004, added: “Laura truly can go all the way in the sport – and by that I mean start to medal at major championships. She has shown her form and has the capability to run fast and now needs to translate that by racing well on the world stage.
“Championships are all about placings and, at only 23, Laura has already taken the world by storm. I believe that in 2017 at the World Championships she can cement her place in history.”
The recent retirement of Jessica Ennis-Hill arguably leaves a vacancy at the top of British women’s athletics and Holmes is comfortable that young Scots can look to the likes of Muir, Eilidh Doyle, Lynsey Sharp and Eilish McColgan for inspiration.
“Role models are important in society generally, but role models from the world of sport I believe have the most credibility – especially if you are trying to inspire girls and women,” she said.
“Scotland have had some amazing talent in the past and it looks like it is continuing. I wish Laura a healthy and productive winter and look forward to following her progress in 2017 and beyond.”